@Osh Popham - you'll be happy to learn there were two gentlemen on the bus I took home from work this evening. One offered his seat to me (I smiled and politely declined because I don't stay very long on that particular bus and was in a place where short little me was nevertheless tall enough to hold onto something - which is not always the case depending on the bus model). The other offered his seat to a young woman, but she too politely declined. My DD, who will soon be 12, has already started giving up her seat to the elderly (both men and women) before I can even react. And for the record: although I certainly appreciate the gesture of a man offering his seat, I do not expect it. As a PP said, a little bit of courtesy just makes the world nicer.